Eczema and Dermatitis

Eczema is a general term for numerous non-contagious types of skin inflammation (dermatitis) and allergic-type skin rashes.

Referred to as neurodermatitis, atopic dermatitis, or endogenous eczema, this skin condition is a very common and long-lasting skin disease that affects many people throughout the world.

Approximately 10-20 percent of children show symptoms as well as about 3-5 percent of adults. It is estimated that 65 percent of individuals develop symptoms in the first year of life and 90 percent before 5 years of age.

Indications include itching, scaly skin patches, and a rash, found in the folds of the arms, back of the knees, wrists, face, or hands. More severe symptoms worsen the condition. Continuous rubbing and itching exacerbates the sensitivity. This response leads to a continuous cycle of reaction from an over activated immune system.

There are commonly three associated conditions occurring in the same person: eczema, allergies, and asthma. While each may not occur at the same time, individuals tend to be prone to all three conditions.

A poorly developed immune system during childhood appears to be the catalyst for later acquired sensitivity towards atopic diseases like neurodermatitis, hay fever, and allergic asthma. There are numerous triggers that can promote additional inflammation and/or attacks. They include smoke, stress (physical and mental), milk products, citrus fruits, allergens (dust mites, pollen, animal hair, textiles), other skin sensitisers, microbial infections and environmental changes (climatic). The propensity for allergies tends to be greater in big cities than in rural areas.

Eczema, atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions/reactions can easily occur due to one or more essential parts of the immune system missing or not working properly due to a genetic defect or deficiencies. Skin conditions involving atopic dermatitis and/or psoriasis may require other therapies.

Everyone that struggles with Eczema will have dehydrated skin. Seasonal weather changes can also play huge role with this skin condition. The result is a barrier disorder that leaves the skin in a more vulnerable state with an increased susceptibility for penetration of external substances such as microorganisms (fungi, bacteria and viruses). Essential fatty acid deficiency is directly linked to this skin condition. When correct corneotherapy actives are used, they may help support the skin by increasing its barrier function. The good news is that this could easily reduce the requirement for drug intervention.

Counter-indicated products for dry skin and for individuals suffering from dermatitis and/or other allergy conditions often contain mineral oils and other petrolatum substances, silicones, and ceresin wax that slow down the self-regenerating capability of the skin.

Products containing harmful ingredients such as colourants and fragrance and emulsifiers must be avoided at all times.

Dermaviduals corrective cleansers, lotions, liposomes, nanoparticles and formulations with DMS are ideal for eczema and dermatitis conditions since they do not contain any harmful ingredients. These products are safe to use on babies and kids.

In conclusion, treatment choice for irritated skin types requires careful analysis of the individual skin type. The goal is to rebuild the barrier as much as possible